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Superstar parade at Wincanton's Under Starters Orders

Press Release 13th October 2014 Wincanton


Monday, 13th October 2013 - Under Starters Orders Raceday on Thursday, October 16th will launch Wincanton Racecourse’s 2014 / 2015 jump season with a superstar parade that includes Somerset’s finest SILVINIANCO CONTI, BALTHAZAR KING, FINGAL BAY, CUE CARD and ROCK ON RUBY.

The action packed meeting provides racegoers with the ultimate insight into the world of horseracing with a complimentary behind the scenes tour and trips to the start for all races.

Raceday presenter Luke Harvey with Channel 4 Racing commentator, Richard Hoiles, will interview leading Somerset Trainers – PAUL NICHOLLS, PHILIP HOBBS, DAVID PIPE, COLIN TIZZARD, and HARRY FRY – investigating and probing into their seasonal campaign and equine fancies.

To complement the team talk, at 1:30pm racegoers will also experience a parade of racehorses featuring some of the stars from the West Country that includes SILVINIACO CONTI – title holder of three Grade 1 contests including the 2012 Betfred Bowl Chase at Aintree and the 2013 King George VI Chase plus six Grade 2 contests; BALLYNAGOUR – 2014 winner of the Cheltenham Festival Bryne Group Plate Handicap Chase, and 2013 Greatwood Hurdle winner DELL’ ARCA.  Also parading is the mighty BATHAZAR KING, who recently won the French listed Country Cross Crystal Cup and before that finished an impressive second in the 2014 Crabbie’s Grand National; alongside 2014 Festival winner and stablemate FINGAL BAY.

Gates open at 12:30pm for the six-race card and once again, Wincanton is offering a £5 discount on all advance tickets for their opening meeting seeing entry available for £10 or starting from £15 on the day.  The offer is available till 23:59 on Wednesday, October 15th at or call 0844 5793014.


The going at Wincanton is firm, good to firm in places following an exceptional dry summer.

Wincanton’s Clerk of the Course, Barry Johnson, says: "It’s been a busy and dry summer!  Andrew Thornton kindly oversaw the fence modification programme where all fences are now more inviting; with all landing areas raised and levelled.

“The team is very much looking forward to proper racing.”

About Wincanton Racecourse:

Wincanton Racecourse is situated in the heart of Somerset – home to rural jump racing. Wincanton stages 17 meetings each season.  Please find more details at and through Twitter (@WincantonRaces) and Facebook

Wincanton Racecourse is part of The Jockey Club, which has been at the heart of British racing for more than 260 years. Today the largest commercial group in the sport, The Jockey Club runs the largest racecourse group in the UK by turnover (2012: £142.1m), courses (15) including those at Aintree, Cheltenham, Epsom Downs and Newmarket, attendances (2012: 1.8m), total prize money (2012: £35.3m), contribution to prize money (2012: £16.5m) and quality racing (Group and Graded races); more than 3,000 acres of world-class training grounds in Newmarket and Lambourn; The National Stud breeding enterprise and education provider; and the charity for racing's people in need, Racing Welfare. Governed by Royal Charter, every penny The Jockey Club makes it puts back into British racing. More information is available at

For further information please contact:

Hannah Walker, Wincanton Racecourse on 07971 598287 or


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